Eryk Smith, 32, is an American writer who’s been in Taiwan over 10 years. ERYK: We had our child at Tai An, the Seven Day Adventist Hospital, only four months ago. The doctors and nurses all spoke English fluently, and overall the service was excellent. We paid just over NT$10,OOORead more
'OH, IF ONLY I COULD TEACH'
EXPATCHAT Compiled by Trista di Genova, published in The China Post 12/28/08 Another huge hurdle here in Taiwan: teaching qualifications. Everything’s cool if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking country, but if you don’t you’re kind of screwed here. One Scottish expat hasn’t finished his degree; his friendsRead more
The Meltdown of English Teaching in Taiwan
English teachers in Taiwan, after living a rich life and surfing the wave of bushiban madness for a decade, are now leaving and forced to leave the country in droves. Here’s why.Read more
Scott Sommers enlightening the blogosphere
Google Scott Sommers, and you’ll get over 2.2 million responses. Why? His blog covers a litany of subjects affecting both Taiwanese and foreign teachers, from job-search strategies, to education policy.Read more
'One Thing I'd Change About Taiwan'
CHRIS: I would change the television. The TV here is atrocious. There’s nothing to stimulate people; it doesn’t have anything to offer the viewer.Read more
ROC, Aussie ties ‘dynamic,’ says rep
Alice Cawte heads up the Australian Commerce and Industry Office (ACIO). She studied History at university before joining the Australian Public Service. She has worked in Beijing and Noumea (New Caledonia) and, of course, Canberra. She first came to Taiwan in 1991 to study Chinese.Read more